Class 25 March, 2015

March 25, 2015 Comments Off on Class 25 March, 2015

Sunny, breezy, and a little humid today.  Full class.

Conclusion: Did not go to plan at all today.  Saved original plan to repost separately.

We went through thoroughly, with each S giving examples and answering questions.

Class 25 March, 2015


When we say the date we use ordinal numbers, but we do not write them: we say March 25th, we write March 25.
When we say the year we use pairs:  2015 is 20-15 twenty fifteen, 1972 is 19-72 nineteen seventy-two.

What day is it?  This means, “what day of the week is it?”.
Today is Wednesday.

What is the date?  What is the date today?  This is asking about the month, and day in numbers.  That is the date.
Today is March 25(th).  You usually do not need to say the year in conversation.

When were you born?  I was born on November 25(th), 1972.

When is your birthday?   My birthday is on November 25(th).

What month is your birthday?  My birthday is in November.

What month were you born?   I was born in November.

What year were you born?  I was born in 1972.

When do you have class?  I have class on Wednesdays.  I have class every Wednesday.

When do you get up in the mornings?

When do you go to bed?



Some review from Monday class: prepositions of time with in, at, on
We reviewed their homework from Monday – the first section.

We need to do this again next week as written here:

  • in – (time of day, days, weeks) months and years
  • on – a day or date
  • at – specific time, clock times

I was born in 1972.  I was born in November.
I was born on November 23.  I was born on a Tuesday.
I was born in the morning.I was born at 7:30 a.m.
I was born at midnight.

Create exercises for prepositions of time next class.

Tongue Twister

“Whether the weather is warm, whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not.”


  • Whether and weather pronounced the same – and are not water or wetter.  Whether/weather are not related.
  • Whether is similar to if.   Whether is used with “or not”.  Do not worry about using “whether”.
  • “Put up with” – tolerate.  This is the simple present, meaning in general.
    I put up with traffic when I drive to class.  I put up with stupid people. :)


whatever else I may have forgotten.


Computer Lab

G and S:

We added this, listen, read, word search for plural forms – do more of these:

Y: The Red Ball exercises. Cloze and sentence order.





Class 25 March, 2015 was originally published on Notes for Class


13oct Monday Class

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

We had a slow start.  Ye, Ya, and G.  We need to the review this piece for comprehension and dictation.  We read the passage aloud for the Computer Lab work.  Including vocabulary list presentation.

Homeless People

Los Angeles is a big city. There are millions of people here. But thousands of people have no home. They are homeless people. They live on the sidewalks. They sleep on the sidewalks. They are called street people. They don’t have cars. They have shopping carts. They fill the carts with their belongings. They put their extra clothes into the carts. They put their blankets into the carts. Many homeless people live downtown. They live near the newspaper building. They live near the courthouse. They live near fancy condos. They have no money. They sit on the sidewalk all day. People walk by them. They ask people for money. People say they don’t have any money. There are missions downtown. These missions feed homeless people. They give them free lunches. They feed them every day. Some missions have beds. Homeless people sleep in these beds. But there are more homeless people than beds. There are not enough beds for the homeless people. So most homeless people sleep on the sidewalk. They sleep next to their shopping carts.

Do the following exercises:

Read and listen to the story.
Review vocabulary, fill in the blank – Cloze, crossword puzzle, word order and dictation.

Vocabulary       Cloze       Crossword        Sentences        Dictation


Class 1oct 2014

October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment


Today we will discuss “love”.  Write questions on the board.  Ss copy and answer verbally.

  • What is love?
  • What kinds of love are there?  How are they different?
  • How does it feel?
  • Does it last forever?


Should, Would and Could


Should is used to give advice and make recommendations and to talk about obligation, duty and what is expected to happen. Reference is to the present and the future. Should is similar to must but is not as strong as must.


If we want to talk about an unreal or unlikely situation that might arise now or in the future, we use a past tense in the if-clause and would + infinitive in the main clause. Compare the following and note thatwould is often abbreviated to ‘d:

  • How would you manage, if I wasn’t here to help you? ~ I’d manage somehow. I wouldn’t bother to cook. I’d go out to eat or bring home a take-away. I’d ask your mother to help me with the washing and the ironing. I know she’d help me.

Nouns and Verbs – handout: “Batty About Bats”

Bats fly. Bats have extra skin. This skin connects their hands, arms and ankles. Why do they have it? The skin forms wings. Bats use their wings to fly. They fly at night to find food. They need their wings to eat.

People sit and stand. Bats hand upside down, even when they sleep. Some bats live in trees. Some live in buildings. Others live in caves.

Find the nouns – which are a person, place or thing?
Find the verbs.
Is this piece past, present, future or in general? 

Reading for Computer Lab.   See 8oct 2014 class/computer lab

Handout: “In Love”
Donna loved her husband. Her husband loved Donna. They were in love with each other. She wanted to give him a birthday present. He was going to be 40 years old next week. She wondered what to give him. Should she give him a watch? Should she give him a sweater? Should she give him a new guitar? What should she give him? She asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He said he didn’t want anything for his birthday. “Oh, you must want something!” she said. “You’re right,” he said. “I want your love forever.”
Lab Exercises:  Crossword, Cloze, Dictation
Dictation:  can’t hear computers in lab, I will read.  They will write answers online.
1).  Did she love her husband?
2).  They were in love with each other.
3).  She wanted to give him a birthday present.
4).  He was going to be 40 years old.
5).  She wondered what to give him.
6).  Should she give him a watch?

24 Sept Class

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kinda zoned today.  But ready to groove!  I couldn’t access my site to prepare as well as I’d liked to.  Lesson learned, backup in place.  Today O, G, and B were here.  It’s great to have O back! 


Last weekend I went to the park.  I went to the park on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  I went to meet a special group.  They learn to sword fight.  I want to learn to sword fight too.

We did present, future, substitution for verbs.


We reviewed/learned past, present future: To Be/ To Go

Explained Present Tense as “in general” with examples.  And throughout the class session as it came up.  Also compared to Present Continuous -ing.

Discussed: Broken/To Break – something is broken vs. to break something.
Some other things I don’t remember.


Need to review in, at, on in time.
Went to the wall map to see where everyone came from.


She dropped her phone. She picked it up. She looked at the screen. She gasped. The screen was cracked. She was upset. Her phone was important. She texted on her phone regularly. She frequently made phone calls. She had internet access on her phone. It was her world. The phone was not cheap. It had costed her a pretty penny. She had to buy a new one. She did not have enough money. She went to the store. The store sold cell phones. She talked to the salesperson. She told him that she had dropped her phone. He asked to look at the phone. She handed it to him. “Can you fix it?” she asked. He said yes he can. She paid to repair it. It costed less than a new phone. Her cell phone was repaired. She bought a protective case for it.
Each student read segments aloud, so we practiced -ed pronunciations.
Went through each sentence for meaning – without literal/dictionary translations.
Word List  we discussed from story:
Drop – not throw
Pick up
Her world
Not cheap
Pretty penny
Enough, not enough
Sold – in context of this story
Hand – verb
Cost less
They all knew “protective case”
Reading passage above about a cellphone with computer exercises:
Computer exercises next week 
Pronunciation check : They were way off on meanings
Chip – cell phone and small missing fragment (They knew cellphone chip)

Class 17sept 2014

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Meet and greet new students!  I will ask them questions about themselves, see what goes from there – fun and witty commentary.  Then invite answers from others, compare and contrast.   My way to gauge their comprehension and speaking – comfort, ability.  And to set an inviting tone.

This looks to be 2 classes.

Tongue Twister

Tiny Tommy Tortoise talked to Tessie
Turtle on the telephone ten times today


Toni looked at the flag. The flag is red, white, and blue. It has 50 white stars. The white stars are on a blue square. The flag has six white stripes. It has seven red stripes. All the stripes are horizontal. They are not vertical. The stripes do not go up and down. They go from left to right. Toni loves her flag. It is the flag of her country. It is a pretty flag. No other flag has 50 stars. No other flag has 13 stripes.

from:  – There are activities following online – some require listening to MP3s.

  • Explain/ask about the significance of stars and stripes.
  • Change at least one thing – tense or person.
  • Look up their flags on iPad or an atlas – students describe them: colors, designs, emblems – tricky
    *Bring book of flags – explains symbolism.  Bring atlas.  A writing exercise next class?


(follows passage online with links w/pronunciation)


  • To Have – past, present, future, continuous/perfect
  • To Be – past, present, future, continuous/perfect

Word Order:

For this example, teach them Subject + Verb + Object or SVO to help them remember. How the board is organized will also aid your students. For this lesson, be sure to use three columns where column one has subjects, column two has made, and column three has a list of objects.

  • Preview lab exercise:Sentences scramble?  Tricky/difficult/time

Computer Lab

Next class – Based on Flag passage:


Computer Lab:

Explore – Webster’s Online Visual Dictionary  what can I do with this?  It’s awesome.


9apr 2014 In Class Plan

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today I am adding things that we will likely not have time to do.  I will adjust what I present spontaneously – as usual.

Notes from last class:


Tongue Twister

A tutor who tooted the flute
tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor:
“Is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”

To Toot – make short sharp sounds eg. on flute or horn

Tooter – one who toots

Tutor – private instructor or coach


To Be 
  • Forming questions with To Be – basic word order
  • Worksheets today – Simple Present, also with “not”.
Save To Have for next class:
  • To Have:  Simple Past, Present, and Future
  • To Have worksheets

Aesop’s Fable

The Lark and Her Young Ones

A LARK had made her nest in the early spring on the young green wheat. The brood had almost grown to their full strength and attained the use of their wings and the full plumage of their feathers, when the owner of the field, looking over his ripe crop, said, “The time has come when I must ask all my neighbors to help me with my harvest.”

One of the young Larks heard his speech and related it to his mother, inquiring of her to what place they should move for safety. “There is no occasion to move yet, my son,” she replied; “the man who only sends to his friends to help him with his harvest is not really in earnest.”

The owner of the field came again a few days later and saw the wheat shedding the grain from excess of ripeness. He said, “I will come myself tomorrow with my labourers, and with as many reapers as I can hire, and will get in the harvest.” The Lark on hearing these words said to her brood, “It is time now to be off, my little ones, for the man is in earnest this time; he no longer trusts his friends, but will reap the field himself.”
Self-help is the best help

computer activity


Post Class/Next Class  

  • We did everything planned for the day.
  • We need to continue the computer work.  Clothing vocabulary, 2 sets of games.
  • Review the story more slowly.  Plus 2 students were absent – so we will need to start over.
  • We need to continue To Be worksheets – word order and questions.

5mar2014 in class

March 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Good class!  G and Y.  We finally started Flashcards and got to the computers.   School printer was not working, so we did not do the worksheets.  The sheets are printed versions of the computer exercises.


A).  Paragraph about weather.  Combined ‘last Sunday’ and ‘today’…I erased everything before recording it.

  • We changed the tenses from past and present to present and future.   Went well.
  • Made Flashcards from words in the Paragraph.  Forgot to write the paragraph and word list! Get it from G’s notes.

B).  We did the exercises listed in Computer Lab – Basic Simple Present.  Went very well.  I had the pages on the big wall screen as we went through each page.  Should have done that long ago.


Flashcards –

  • I need to show them how to use Flashcards!
  • Watch that the blank and lined sides remain consistent for English on one side – Spanish or definition on the other side.
  • Translation is okay for now – ideally move to definitions, pics or other non-translation cues.

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